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Good science is essential for good policy. 

The partnership between IISD’s Water Program and IISD-ELA brings together more than 40 years of rigorous aquatic science with 25 years of global policy analysis and practical guidance. Our combined expertise in hydrology, modelling, biology, limnology, ecosystem services and policy is directed at helping governments and industry to manage water and related resources in such diverse contexts as agriculture, hydro-electric operations and mining, to minimize effects on people and ecosystems.

With the best available science and collaborative analyses, our water solutions are evidence based, long term and meet the needs of a range of stakeholders. 

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    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    Big Data for Resilience Storybook

    The Big Data for Resilience Storybook explores the links between Big Data and resilience building through the experiences of seven international organizations. 

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  • Blog
    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters

    This World Water Day, we take a look at Sustainable Development Goal 6 ("ensure access to water and sanitation for all") and explain what it is meant to acheive, and why it matters.

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  • Blog
    Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

    Making Biomass Big Business in Manitoba

    Biomass has the potential to be a major player in the renewable energy sector in Manitoba. Now we need to create a sustainable industry for it. Here's how we can make that happen.

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  • Blog
    Canada's Unsung Female Heroes of Life Sciences

    Canada's Unsung Female Heroes of Life Sciences

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science is February 11, 2018. To mark the occasion, let’s look back at some of Canada’s women life scientists. 

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  • Blog
    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Cape Town’s Water Woes: An uncomfortable parable on climate change

    Can the current water crisis that Cape Town is experiencing be seen as a parable for climate change? Aaron Cosbey thinks so and explains all.

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  • Policy Brief
    How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba's Environment

    How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba's Environment

    Water retention sites—vital for protecting Manitoba from floods—must be well managed so Manitobans can enjoy the abundance of additional environmental benefits they can bring.

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  • Blog
    What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?

    What Are Algal Blooms and Why Do They Matter?

    Algal blooms on lakes are unsightly and can be toxic. Want to know what they are and how we can help combat them? Learn more.

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  • Report
    IISD Experimental Lakes Area 2016-2017 Annual Report

    IISD Experimental Lakes Area 2016-2017 Annual Report

    In this year's annual report, we explore how IISD Experimental Lakes Area is innovating in the arena of freshwater science, to improve its own research, but also limnology across the world.

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    Manitoba Prairie Lakes: Mass balance budget for nutrient management at Pelican Lake, Manitoba

    Manitoba Prairie Lakes: Mass balance budget for nutrient management at Pelican Lake, Manitoba

    This study documents the variance and relative importance of different nutrient sources and internal lake processes for a Prairie lake (Pelican Lake, Manitoba).

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  • Blog
    How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making

    How Scientific Knowledge Can and Should Guide Policy-Making

    Now that it is welcoming its first federal chief science advisor, Pauline Gerrard explains how Canada can best support and nurture its scientific community.

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